A marked pair of Kelly Bros. spurs realized $19,101 yesterday on eBay. According to the auction description, the spurs were a special-order, silver-mounted set made to celebrate the 1936 Texas Centennial. They featured silver Texas steer heads, had “Texas” spelled out in four places, and were engraved with the dates 1836 and 1936 on the silver rowel pin covers, while the four silver button covers were engraved “100”. The spurs were 8.5 inches long and had what was described as an old mellow patina.
The potential value of Kelly Bros. spurs can be seen in a set in the Diamond Dick pattern that sold at auction for $28,000 in June 2008. Those spurs came from the Buster Welch collection of antique spurs and bits. Welch was a four-time National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World champion, five-time NCHA Open Futurity champion, National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame inductee, and Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee. The sale was conducted by A&S Auction Company of Waco, Texas.
Another high-dollar pair of Kelly Bros. spurs sold on eBay in November 2009. A blog maintained by Hamilton Shirt Company shows the spurs, which realized $14,200. See that blog here. The site noted, “P.M. Kelly manufactured spurs stamped with the name Kelly Bros. between 1910 and 1939 in Dalhart and El Paso, Texas. He is widely recognized as one of the most talented and important of a handful of early pioneers who developed what became known as the Texas Style spur.”